Emmerdale actress Sally Oliver has made a surprise exit from the soap after two years in the ITV1 show.
Viewers saw Oliver’s character Lexi King leave after a showdown on a hospital roof with screen husband Carl, played by Tom Lister.
Lexi had taken her friend Nicola’s premature baby after suffering an ectopic pregnancy herself and being told she may never be able to have children.
Despite a dramatic trailer suggesting the scuffle could end in disaster, the episode saw Lexi eventually choose to come down from the roof and walk away.
Filming finished five weeks ago, but Oliver’s departure was kept a secret so the outcome of the story was not spoiled.
Oliver, 25, said: “It was very emotional filming my last scenes due to the nature of the storyline, but also because I knew that I was leaving.
“I know everyone always says it about Emmerdale – but that is probably because it is true – everyone gets on fantastically and just wants each other to do well.
“I am going to miss everyone loads but particularly my on-screen family – Kelsey (Scarlett Nicholls), Nicola (Nicola Blackstock), Nick (Jimmy King) and especially Tom (Carl). Tom and I have had so many scenes together.
“He is such a talented, kind and thoughtful man and I am going to miss him loads. I have loved every minute of playing Lexi but just felt the time was right for her to move on.”